Tagged: solar system

Scientists discover three ‘potentially habitable’ planets

(AFP) — By Marlowe Hood

An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system.

The three orbit an ultracool dwarf star a mere 39 light years away, and are likely comparable in size and temperature to Earth and Venus, they reported in a study, published in Nature.

“This is the first opportunity to find chemical traces of life outside our solar system,” said lead author Michael Gillon, an astrophysicist at the University of Liege in Belgium. Read more »

Another asteroid clobbers Jupiter

(EARTHSKY) — Two amateur astronomers apparently caught a flash on Jupiter on March 17, 2016, a possible indication of an asteroid striking the giant planet’s upper atmosphere. Gerrit Kernbauer of Mödling, Austria captured the image above. He wrote on his YouTube page:

… I was observing and filming Jupiter with my Skywatcher Newton 200/1000 Telescope. The seeing was not the best, so I hesitated to process the videos. Nevertheless, 10 days later, I looked through the videos and found this strange light spot that appeared for less than one second on the edge of the planetary disc. Thinking back to Shoemaker-Levy 9, my only explanation for this is an asteroid or comet that enters Jupiter’s high atmosphere and burned up/exploded very fast. Read more »